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March/April 1999 - Volume 78, Number 2

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Leasehold Policies: Title Insurance’s Neglected Child By Matthew J. Cholewa
If you aren’t sure what kind of coverage a leasehold policy provides, Matthew Cholewa’s analysis will lead you through the pros and cons of this somewhat unique form of title insurance. Included in this step-by-step primer on leasehold policies is a case study that provides a real-life look at how such policies can be configured.
All Boxed in with Regulatory Packaging By Richard McCarthy
While many of the suggestions listed in the 1998 Fed/HUD report would help consumers, regulatory packaging is not one of them. In his article on the subject, ALTA®’s Director of Research Richard McCarthy introduces the economic analysis of Dr. Robert Feinberg, Chairman of the American University Department of Economics, in a discussion of how this concept might actually play out.
Abstracter-Agent Characteristics Survey By Mark Bilbrey and Richard McCarthy
Here’s where you can find out just what your peers and competitors are doing in terms of employee benefits. As recruitment and retention become more crucial issues for title companies, this information could be very helpful in addressing the challenges of a tight labor market.
Congressional Outlook on Financial Services Legislation by Ann vom Eigen
The Psychology of Change: Tips to Help You Keep Your Cool When the Heat’s Turned Up By C. Stephen Byrum, Ph.D.
We keep hearing that we should "embrace" change. But how? Join Dr. Stephen Byrum as he gives the practical advice we’ve all been looking for. As he points out, the key is often not in the external circumstances, but in how we interpret and react to them.
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